So which Chinese Restaurant is the best?

by Reedz on June 21, 2010

A few weeks ago, I ran a poll in which I asked you to nominate and subsequently rank your favorite halal chinese restaurants in Brunei. There were questions about what the criteria were and in order to keep it as simple as possible, I did not put forth any specific criteria apart from the word “favorite”. Thank you all who took part in this exercise and below is the final result of based on average ranking received by each restaurant.

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I must say, I’m quite surprised with the rankings as some of the restaurants I thought would be ranked higher ended up at the bottom half. The two RBC chinese restaurants were at the top of the table and this should come as no surprise to many as RBC has been around a long time and the RBC branding is pretty strong in Brunei as a symbol of quality and dependability. Emperor’s Court and Dynasty are staples among Bruneians when it comes to halal chinese dining. Emperor’s Court is becoming a popular Sunday Dimsum destination for Bruneians, as fellow foodie Hunnie discovered.

Third placed i-Lotus is a relative newcomer to the scene but has managed to attain quite a strong following among Bruneian diners. Their sungkai buffet and midnight sahur buffets are among the most heavily booked during Ramadhan which is coming up shortly.

In fourth place, Ligong is synonymous with Chinese fine-dining in opulent surroundings of the Empire Hotel & Country Club. Their all you can eat Wednesday night buffet is a definite hit and a thoroughly enjoyable feast. Sundays at Ligong are also pretty crowded with families enjoying the Sunday brunch buffet.

Placed in the middle of the field is Seri Kemayan, which overlooks the bowling alley so you can watch the bowlers in action while you eat 🙂 The last time I was there, I really enjoyed their Crystal Duck. Its not on the menu, so you have to ask for it (I think ordering in advance is encouraged). I’ve never seen duck served this way before. I think the (cooked) duck meat was combined with prawn meat and fried in a batter. The end result is a crispy, tasty treat which when eaten, one can’t help but to try and differentiate the flavor of the duck meat and the prawn meat… delightfully confusing!

Teo Poi Hoon takes sixth place in this ranking. This family-owned establishment is a favourite among Bruneians for a family style chinese meal in a quaint kopitiam setting. In seventh place is Shikai (or Four Seas Hut), another newcomer which for me, is THE go-to place for some superb duck-rice. Even Thanis aka Chef-for-hire extraordinaire agrees with me on this one!

Off to the train station now to catch a train to London. The rest of this post later. Stay-tuned!

Foodie June 24, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Might want to take into account, only ppl who bother to read blogs would have polled.
and ppl who asked as many friends as possible to 'support' vote would have determined this outcome.

I wouldn't take this poll as much of an accurate measure.

anakbrunei June 25, 2010 at 6:11 am

Well said, and you are absolutely right. No claims of accuracy here at all 🙂 Thanks for the comment!

VoteManipulator June 25, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I think u manipulated the results to show your favourtism towards both RBC restaurants (perhaps they bribed you with free meals?). One of the drawback of using polldaddy as an online survey is that one can vote as much as they wanted (for e.g. when u set up the survey i voted for sifu restaurant five times each day and i continued on doing so until sifu restaurant was the top and made up half of the votes (since polldaddy allows us to see the results too). I also voted for T.K and Shikai in a ratio of 1:5 to Sifu; so for every 500 votes i made to Sifu, i also made 100 votes to T.K and Shikai each.To show that the votes aren’t being manipulated by only one person (i.e me) i distributed my votes over a range of a week voting for sifu, t.k and shikai and during that time, i purposely tried to keep Emperor’s court and Dynasty as the one that has the least amount of votes. Seeing from the result you posted above and the votes i’ve placed, surprisingly it shows exactly the opposite. So what i could only draw from this is that either: 1. you labelled your graph wrongly (i.e.10 being the top and 1 being the bottom) or 2.you manipulated the votes (my votes) by making phantom votes yourself. But i think it’s the former because from the snippet of votes i took last month, Sifu restaurant in first, and emperor’s the last….p.s. i could show/post the snippet of votes i took if you want me too..

anakbrunei June 26, 2010 at 5:36 am

Thank you for taking the time to write your lengthy comment. Unfortunately I think I was not clear enough when I opened the nominations for best chinese restaurant, i.e it was only for nominations not votes.

Once the nominations stage was completed, I then listed all the top ten nominated restaurants (which included Shikai and T.K. and Sifu)and invited readers to rank them in order of preference. This was done in Survey Monkey and not poll daddy as you indicated.

Anyway, thank you once again for your interest in this poll and I look forward to yr enthusiastic participation next time 🙂

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